(CMR) The Ministry of Education (MoE) has announced the appointment of Mr. Elroy Bryan as Deputy Director of Education in the Department of Education Services (DES).
Mr. Bryan is a Caymanian educator with more than 22 years of experience in the Cayman Islands education system. Before assuming the role of Deputy Director, Mr. Bryan served as Acting Senior School Improvement Officer in the DES with responsibility for Special Education Needs & Disabilities (SEND) for approximately three years.
He was appointed Senior School Improvement Officer (SEND) in 2022. During that time, he worked closely with the Ministry of Education to develop a new Special Education Needs & Disability (SEND) Code of Practice and with the Student Services Team to support students through targeted interventions.
Mr. Bryan was employed as Principal of the Lighthouse School for two years and Deputy Principal at the Savannah Primary School (now Joanna Clarke Primary School) for three years prior. He also worked as Head of the Adaptive Physical Education Programme at the Lighthouse School for 14 years.
As Deputy Director, Mr. Bryan will support the Director of Education in overseeing compulsory Early Years, Primary, Secondary, and Further Education provision throughout the Cayman Islands. He will also assist the Director with Human Resource issues and responsibilities to ensure that all schools and sections within the DES can deliver its various services.
MoE Acting Chief Officer Ms. Lyneth Monteith remarked, “Congratulations to Mr. Bryan on his well-deserved appointment as Deputy Director of Education in the DES. I am confident that in his new capacity, he will be better able to provide the director with the necessary support to cultivate a world-class education system for our beloved islands.”
DES Director of Education, Mr. Mark Ray, also congratulated Mr. Bryan. He added:
“Throughout the years, Mr. Bryan has demonstrated extensive system knowledge, passion, and a strong desire to continue building on our education system's successes. His appointment creates exciting possibilities as we embark on our journey to educational excellence.”
Mr. Bryan holds a Master of Science in General Special Education from the University of North Dakota and a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education with a minor in Business and Health from Lambuth University in Jackson, Tennessee. He is also a 2008 recipient of the Golden Apple Award for excellence in teaching and a 2009 recipient of the Young Caymanian Leaders Award (YCLA).
Commenting on his new role, Mr. Bryan remarked, “I am truly delighted at this opportunity to serve the children of the Cayman Islands in this new capacity. I look forward to the team's continued support in creating the ideal teaching and learning environment for all our children.”
Mr. Bryan's appointment became effective on 22 August 2022.